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DeveloperFlorian La Roche
OS familyLinux (Unix-like)
Working stateDiscontinued
Initial release1993; 31 years ago (1993)
Final releasewith kernel 2.0.36 / November 17, 1998; 25 years ago (1998-11-17)
LicenseGNU GPL
Official websitelinux.mathematik.tu-darmstadt.de/pub/linux/distributions/jurix/docs

Jurix was an early Linux distribution created by Florian La Roche, a former employee of the legal department at Saarland University. The distribution was maintained between 1993 and 1999[1] and hosted on the now-defunct "jurix.jura.uni-sb.de" and "susix.jura.uni-sb.de" domains.

In 1996, jurix superseded Slackware as a base for SuSE Linux.[2]

The name "jurix" was borrowed from the department's first HTTP server, named by Alexander Sigel.[3] It is not known whether the name was taken from the nearby Dutch law and IT organisation JURIX, or simply a portmanteau of "Jura" (meaning "law" in German) and "Unix".

A readme from 1999 touts the following software, among others:[4]


  1. ^ "History of Jurix". linux.mathematik.tu-darmstadt.de. Technische Universität Darmstadt. 1999. Retrieved 2019-01-20.
  2. ^ "Archive:S.u.S.E. Linux 4.2". openSUSE. Retrieved 2019-01-20.
  3. ^ "Geschichte des Internetprojekts" (in German). Saarland University. Retrieved 2019-01-20.
  4. ^ La Roche, Florian (1999-02-26). "jurix Linux readme". Technische Universität Darmstadt. Retrieved 2019-01-20.